Nelson hits 132 in Papplewick draw

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ONE week after being on the receiving end of a defeat against league leaders Cuckney, Papplewick and Linby came up against second-placed Notts Academy.

There was no Notts Premier League defeat this time though as visiting Papplewick held out for a losing draw, despite facing a mountain to climb.

The hosts only lost two wickets in racking up a massive score of 295 for two from their 46 overs and in reply, Papplewick held out at 233 for six, thanks chiefly to a big innings of 132 from Mark Nelson (pictured).

Notts got off to a very good start with 99 runs being scored before the first wicket fell when opener Sam Kelsall was run out by Papp captain Matt Dowman for 46.

There then followed a 149-run partnership between the other opener, Hassan Azad, and Scott Elstone, which laid the platform for the huge score.

Azad was on 94 when he was caught by Kiwi Warren Nel off the bowling of Bradley Matthews but Elstone went on to an unbeaten 109 with an explosive innings off just 68 balls, which included 11 fours and six sixes.

The other not-out batsman being Anuj Dal on six at the close.

In reply, the Papplewick innings suffered an early blow when Eamonn Vines was out for just five runs with the score at 14 for one, he being bowled by George Bacon.

Opener Nel was the second wicket to fall as he went LBW to Scott Elstone for 25 and the score stood at 82 for two.

Dowman (25) was the third to go at 135 for three, caught by Anuj Dal off Elstone.

Unfortunately the fourth wicket fell just five runs later with Tom Bowers run out for one by Sam Kelsall.

Thirty-six more runs were added before Jim Rhodes went for 12, caught by Simon Webster, again off the bowling of Elstone.

When Mark Nelson finally went for 132, his innings coming off 145 balls and including 14 fours and three sixes, the score had reached 233 and Papplewick had held out for a losing draw.

Scott Elstone finished with figures of three for 52 off 13 overs.

This Saturday, Papplewick and Linby face a massive relegation clash with second-from-bottom Wollaton visiting Papplewick Hall.

Papplewick are eight points clear of Wollaton with both teams having three games apiece left to play.

The game starts at 12.30pm.